Thursday, August 16, 2012

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Katie has another tale of assassins! 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

It’s official! Assassins are the new YA thing of 2012! And I for one could not be happier. First, Grave Mercy by R. L. LaFevers (read our review here). Now, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. And Throne is certain to quickly join Grave Mercy in the ranks of our 2012 favorites with its similar mix of originality, intrigue, fantasy, and suspense.

We meet Celaena Sardothien as she is being rescued from a death camp by the crown prince. He is searching for a champion to compete in his father’s competition for the role of King’s Assassin, and as the most feared assassin in the land, the 18-year-old Celaena seems like a no brainer of a choice. But can the palace trust a known killer in the house of the king? And should she trust them?

You may come into this book expecting the competition to be the focus of the action, but in reality the most fascinating twists and turns take place outside the tests. Celaena is undercover in her role as the prince’s champion, but it seems her true identity is less mysterious than she hoped and there are certain people who appear to be willing to go to great lengths to make sure that she and her other competitors never live to see the final battle. Meanwhile, the prince seems to be developing feelings for her, but what of the leader of the Royal Guard who she trains with each day? And is romance something she really has time for when she is researching powers beyond magic, receiving instructions from the ghost of leaders past, and possibly moving toward her own remarkable and mysterious destiny?

This review is filled with questions, because to give you the answers would ruin the fun. And Throne of Glass is nothing if not plain fun. Perfect for lovers of fantasy and court intrigue just looking for a new series to fall in love with.

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